The involvement of Extra-cranial Arteries in Migraine
The research on ergots and triptans (the medications designed to abort migraine headaches) indicates that the extent to which the extra cranial arteries pulsate (or throb) during migraine, is directly parallel to a decrease in the intensity of pain. There is a close time-relationship between these drugs and the size (or amplitude) of the pulsations of the extra cranial arteries. This suggests that migraine is caused by the dilation of the extra cranial arteries and that these potent and specific migraine medications decrease the intensity of pain.
Do you take ergots or triptans for migraines or cluster headaches?
When you take any of the below medications, called ergots or triptans, then the painfully distended arteries that occur during migraine or cluster attacks are constricted.
- Migril and
Extra-cranial surgery is designed to provide a permanent “triptan effect”. Read more about extra cranial arterial involvement in migraine and extra cranial procedures